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J Transcult Nurs. 2001 Jul;12(3):228-33.

Culturally sensitive care of the Muslim patient.

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  • 1University of Alabama at Birmingham.


The number of Muslims in the United States is growing. This article outlines a few of the major beliefs in Islam. Religious and philosophical factors that affect health care are discussed, and practical suggestions are made for nursing actions that lead to culture care preservation, culture care accommodation, and culture care restructuring. Major topics covered include the need for cleanliness, preparation for prayer, modesty, family structure, fasting and diet, and care of the dying.

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